The Brief: "Thinspo" refers to something that inspires an individual to remain thin or lose weight.


Thinspo is a combination of the words “thin” and “inspiration.” According to Urban Dictionary, the term is used often by those suffering from eating disorders.

Something that is considered “thinspo,” an abbreviated version of “thinspiration,” provides motivation and inspiration to either lose weight or remain smaller-framed. Thinspo imagery is problematic as it pressures individuals to adapt unhealthy eating habits and other extreme lengths to achieve a skinny look.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder or body dysmorphia, resources can be found at National Eating Disorders Helpline.